4 Workplace Ergonomic Fundamentals to Improve Posture Permanently
Most people don’t think about their posture too often unless they pass by a mirror.
The truth is slouching, hunching, and tilting your head downwards can all cause significant damage – especially over a long period. It’s no surprise that 70% of American workers suffer from back pain due to poor work posture.
You spend about eight hours at work every day so improving your workplace ergonomics can go a long way towards reducing pain.
4 Workplace Ergonomic Fundamentals
The same strategy won’t work for everyone. Some folks are too short to reach their workstations while others are too tall and must hunch for much of the day.
Regardless, the tips for improving posture below serve as an excellent starting point.
- Maintain Neutral Posture
In neutral posture, you stand straight with your shoulders relaxed. Your elbows form a 90-degree angle and your wrist stays straight. Practice neutral posture at home so you carry the same habit to work.
- Practice Proper Lifting and Carrying
Extending your arms to lift heavy objects or carry them throws off your center of gravity and seriously damages your joints. Always hold items snug against your torso with your elbows at a 90-degree angle.
- Regularly Stretch and Move Around
Writing, standing in the same position, or holding your arms above your head is fine for a few minutes but get tiring over an extended period. Stretch, squat, circle your arms, shake out your limbs, or simply do a different motion to stimulate different muscle groups and get the blood flowing.
- Avoid Excessive Force and Motions
No job is paying you enough to seriously damage your health. Sometimes our egos get to us and we feel compelled to push our bodies to the limit.
Excessive force, awkward postures, and repetitive motions can all damage your musculoskeletal system. Know your body’s limit and say “no” if you must.
Improving Posture Takes Dedication
Regular chiropractic adjustments can help you strengthen lesser-used muscles and reduce stiffness in your spine to help improve overall posture. Dr. David Wren has over 30 years of experience helping patients in Albany improve work posture and reduce pain.
Schedule an appointment at Dr. Wren’s Albany office now by calling 229-883-0042!